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Anita Balachandra

Throughout her career, Ms. Balachandra has been immersed in Federal and state policies that influence technology development, commercialization and deployment. A senior manager with over 20 years experience with Federal and state technology development and commercialization programs, Ms. Balachandra has broad experience in federal R&D programs, as well as technology-based economic development efforts at the Federal, state and local levels.

Ms. Balachandra previously worked for the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO), where she served as a liaison between the small business community in Maryland and the Federal laboratories located in that state. Ms. Balachandra worked closely with Federal laboratories to showcase cutting-edge research as well as technology licensing opportunities. She also worked with small technology-based businesses, including start-ups, to identify appropriate Federal laboratory resources, research collaborators, state and Federal funding sources and business assistance, such as incubator space.

Prior to her work for the State of Maryland, Ms. Balachandra worked for several years at the U.S. Department of Commerce on a variety of technology policy issues, including state and local programs to support technology-based economic development, technology infrastructure issues, regulatory obstacles to technology development, and trade issues. She developed and managed a grants program to support state and local efforts to promote technology-intensive companies. She also spearheaded the development of the State Science & Technology Indicators, a tool for gauging state technology infrastructure.

Ms. Balachandra holds a BA in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master’s in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University.